Chemical Storage Guidelines and Regulations

Is your company in compliance with the various Federal regulations and guidelines that govern the way hazardous chemicals must be stored?  In the interest of helping our customers to select the right products to ensure the safe storage and transfer of hazardous chemicals and other flammable or combustible materials, Interstate Products has provided below a summary of information and links to relevant Federal compliance resource publications to help you better understand the basic principles, guidelines and regulatory rules that must be followed.

Many of the regulations and guidelines presented below have been widely adopted by most US states, however, it is also important to learn which state laws apply specifically to your industry, company or particular application.  Our customers are encouraged to seek out the relevant agencies involved in these types of regulations and guidelines in the states in which they operate.

Separation, Isolation and Storage of Hazardous Liquids

The improper storage of corrosives and flammable liquids is the leading cause of spills that can result in damage to facilities and impact worker safety.  One of the most effective practices to help minimize damage from chemical spills is to isolate the various chemical hazards.  Since knowledge of chemical compatibility is critical, it is important to understand that there are two major types of chemical hazards that require their own unique storage and transfer protocols.  The two types of chemicals that pose the greatest risk can be classified as either:

  • Corrosive materials, which include acids and bases
  • Flammable or combustible liquids

Corrosive materials have the potential to severely damage surfaces or other substances it contacts.  Physical hazards to workers include chemical burns, skin or eye damage; and inhalation or ingestion of a corrosive liquid can cause respiratory damage.

Flammable and combustible liquids are defined by their flash points.  A liquid’s flash point is a function of its vapor pressure and boiling point.  Flammable and combustible liquids are classified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) based on their flash points:

Flammable Liquids (Class I):  Liquids with flash points below 100°F (37.8°C) and vapor pressures not exceeding 40 pounds per square inch (absolute) at 100°F (37.8°C).

Combustible Liquids (Classes II and III):  Liquids having flash points at or above 100°F (37.8°C).

The most effective way to isolate your flammable and corrosive hazards is to store them properly in approved safety storage containers and cabinets.  Using the correct flammable storage (gas cans) or chemical storage containers are the first line of defense.  The next step is to utilize the appropriate chemical safety storage cabinets in order to isolate corrosive liquids and flammable liquids from other incompatible chemicals; and to contain the hazards in the event of spill or leakage.

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Reduce Accident and Fire Risk with Flammable Storage Safety Cans

Flammable or combustible liquids are used in almost every industry and place of business.  Gasoline, chemicals, solvents and a variety of other hazardous liquids are found in varying amounts and locations in industrial, commercial and residential settings.  Since many of these liquids are relatively common, it is important to understand the dangers they present and the special storage and handling procedures required to ensure safe usage.  For any hazardous substance, safe handling should always begin by reviewing the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product to determine its specific characteristics and the recommended safety practices.  The next step is to ensure that the correct storage container is used for each type of liquid.  Metal gas cans for flammable substances are designed to prevent spillage and accidents, reduce fire risk and offer regulatory compliance while maintaining a safer workplace.

Interstate Products (IPI), a leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions offers a wide variety of flammable storage safety cans from manufacturers, Eagle and Justrite, that offer users both safety and convenience while facilitating the storage and transfer of flammable liquids, ensuring the safety of personnel and the protection of facilities and environment where they are used.  The basic purpose of a safety can is the control of flammable vapors while providing a convenient means of carrying, dispensing and storing up to five gallons of flammable liquid.  Accidents and fire risks can be minimized by using the proper safety equipment. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published numerous consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks associated with combustible liquid storage, including specific information on what is required of a safety can in order for it to perform as expected under fire conditions.

The right safety cans serve several critical functions:

  • Safely contain hazardous liquids and control vapors to reduce the risk of fire.
  • Offer compliance with federal OSHA regulations and state and local fire codes.
  • Improve efficiency with ease-of-use features in pouring and filling operations

IPI has recently expanded its selection of Justrite safety cans.  Designed for material handling safety, these products and are ideal for industrial, commercial and residential users who utilize and store combustible liquids, and users who are required to comply with OSHA regulations and state and local fire codes.  All Justrite safety cans available from IPI undergo rigorous testing requirements by independent third party agencies and have received certification from Factory Mutual (FM Approved) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL and ULC Listed).  Justrite also offers an exclusive Ten-Year Warranty on all of its safety containers and 5 gallon gas cans.

Interstate Products has a variety of Type I and Type II flammable storage safety cans to choose from to help you meet any need for flammable liquid dispensing and containment, each offering specific features to meet any hazardous liquid requirement.  In addition, IPI offers utility and specialty cans, including oily waste cans used for the disposal of oil-soaked rags and to protect your facility from fires that can start due to spontaneous combustion, sparks and careless use of smoking materials.  Rags and cloths soaked with solvents, thinners, linseed oil, combustible adhesives and other flammable liquids present a serious fire risk when improperly discarded.  OSHA compliant oily waste cans are essential whenever solvent soaked cloths and wiping rags are used.

Using the right flammable liquid handling solution helps eliminate the potential spillage of dangerous contents on workers, decreasing the risk of contamination.  As an additional safety measure, IPI carries a vast selection of flammable storage cabinets for paint, pesticides, fuels and corrosives.  Interstate Products’ selection of Justrite solvent cans and gasoline cans offer users regulatory compliance, safety and convenience.  As the authority on industrial safety products, secondary containment and materials handling solutions, our experts are always available to assist in product selection.  For detailed product information and easy ordering instructions visit our online safety can store or contact our industrial safety product specialists by calling toll free, 1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries.  To learn more about our full selection of industrial maintenance and safety products please visit our website at:


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Interstate Products Introduces Over 9,000 New Material Handling Products Available for Online Purchase

Sarasota, FL, – Interstate Products Inc. continues to expand their material handling equipment product line with the introduction more than 9,000 new Jamco products available for immediate purchase online.

Interstate Products is quickly becoming a preferred source for material handling equipment solutions that improve work flow and productivity. The addition Jamco, along with the enhanced matrix pricing capabilities on our web store, allows customers to easily select a variety of product options such as size, color and castor type for online purchase. Once the options and quantities are selected according to customer preferences, the pricing is automatically adjusted prior to purchase.

“We are very excited about the addition of Jamco material handling products to our constantly expanding selection of products available for online purchase,” according to Mark Dilley Director of Marketing at IPI. “Jamco is a perfect fit for IPI as their product line complements our core markets along with providing the quality, value and selection that our customers demand.” “Early customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and they love our matrix pricing feature that delivers a simple way to configure a material handling product to their exact requirements.”

Jamco is an industry leading manufacturer of service/utility carts, instrument carts, platform trucks, panel/divider trucks, stock trucks, box trucks, security trucks, mobile/stationary work stations, storage cabinets, shelving, and wagons. Jamco products offer superior durability, exceptional quality and the greatest value in the industry. Jamco will typically outlast and outperform competitive products because of their welded construction, the use of heaver gauge steel and a tough powder coat finish. To view and obtain additional information about all of our Jamco material handling products, please visit our website at:

About Us
Since 1996, Interstate Products, Inc. has become a global multi-brand supplier of quality environmental, maintenance and safety product solutions to industrial, commercial, institutional, military, and various government organizations. Since its inception, IPI has experienced tremendous growth fueled by our commitment to continuously add innovative new products to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding and diverse customer base. These products include safety cabinets, absorbents, environmentally friendly chemicals, material handling, safety, and containment products. In addition, IPI is also a leading manufacturer of spill containment berms and flexible storage tanks that are available in both standard and custom sizes. Information about these and other quality products can be obtained by visiting our company website at

For more information, please contact Interstate Products at 3921 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 or call toll free1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries and 941-377-8610 if outside the United States. The company’s email address is and website is

Interstate Products, Inc.
3921 Sawyer Rd.
Sarasota, FL, 34233, USA